Yamada stakes claim as top player

Oct 28, 2015

Yamada stakes claim as top player

There are many who already think the Tokyo Yakult Swallows’ Tetsuto Yamada is the best all-around player in Japan. His historic three-home run (in three straight at-bats) night in Game 3 of the Japan Series on Tuesday probably turned a few more people into ...

Sugiura confident Swallows can bounce back

Oct 26, 2015

Sugiura confident Swallows can bounce back

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows are down, but pitcher Toshihiro Sugiura doesn’t think it’s time to count the Central League champions out just yet. Yakult returned home Monday in a 0-2 hole against the powerful Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in the Japan Series. On the bright ...

Yafuoku Dome's shortened fences help Hawks, foes

Oct 25, 2015

Yafuoku Dome's shortened fences help Hawks, foes

Shota Takeda might’ve opened the Japan Series with a three-hit shutout had the game been played in 2014. It wasn’t, so instead of a shutout, the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks pitcher gave up a two-out two-run home run to Tokyo Yakult Swallows slugger Kazuhiro Hatakeyama ...

Matsuda, Takeda spark Hawks to victory in Game 1

Oct 25, 2015

Matsuda, Takeda spark Hawks to victory in Game 1

Nobuhiro Matsuda bounced on one leg across the batter’s box after missing a pitch, something he’s become known for doing, during the fourth inning. He made a name for himself as a home run hitter this season, and unfortunately for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, ...